Bizzarro, Harkins: Grant will help preserve region’s rich Civil War history

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – A $1,500 grant will help the Erie County Public Library permanently preserve the region’s rich Civil War history, state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, announced today.

The library will use the Historical & Archival Records Care grant to digitize two volumes of books containing handwritten biographical sketches of Erie County Civil War veterans.

“Documents like these tell the stories of our local heroes,” Bizzarro said. “The people and events they chronicle are part of the fabric that connects us as a community and gives us a common identity. It’s essential to preserve this history, and the funding announced today is going to do that for generations to come.”

Harkins agreed, also noting the importance of document preservation for educational purposes.

“Biographical sketches, first-hand accounts and similar documents are essential for preserving our region’s unique history and allowing us to corroborate information from other sources" he said. "Beyond that, they can provide something for students that textbooks can’t – a unique look back from a historical perspective that can make history come alive.”

The grant – one of 16 approved by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission – is administered by the Pennsylvania State Archives, a bureau of the PHMC. More information about the commission – the commonwealth’s official history agency – is available at www.phmc.pa.gov.